A Fantastic Mentoring Call

Today, I’m right in the middle of a wonderful mentoring call with online marketing guru, James Maduk. He’s the one who’s teaching me how to make this wordpress blog, how to understand my market, how to write copy, etc. He’s got a fantastic library of videos that take you step-by-step through the “how to” of these internet techniquesTake a look at his interactive site. You can register and be a member of the community. There are also a wealth of free.e videos for you to watch. Just click on the Free Sessions tab to get a taste of the wonderful expertise he’s so willing to share. Here’s the link to my page: http://www.mysmallbizu.com/carol

Please register and join me in this wonderful adventure in online marketing. Enjoy the fre.e sessions! They’re great!

As James says, “Expect the best,” Carol 

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Incubating a Dream on Blogging

You aren’t going to believe this! It’s 5 in the morning and I’m up writing in my blog—because I just had a dream telling me to!
 

Yesterday, I attended my Edgar Cayce Search for God Study Group meeting. We often help each other with interpreting our dreams. I brought a two-word dream. It had awoken me in the night about a week ago. I woke up and wrote down in a random page of my dream journal, without turning on the light, the words: “Desmond Outside.” Strange kind of dream, don’t you think?
 

So, the discussion went like this: “Do you know a Desmond?”
 

“Yeah, sure, Desmond Morris, author of the Naked Ape. I wrote about him in When We Were Gods saying that I disagree with Desmond Morris. We are not only the result of evolution from an ape. We are also a soul.”
 

But then, why “Outside?”
 

The suggestion: Before bed, ask for the dream in different symbols. Anyway, it may be that the dream has nothing to do with Desmond Morris. Best to “incubate” a dream that will reveal the meaning of the first dream.
 

OK, so back to the dream last night. I dreamt about a little square that I need to write words in. But, in the dream, I’m afraid to write the words. And, I’m shown that I’ve written most of the words elsewhere so it will be easy to write these words.
 

I wake up in the night and, without turning on the light, open up my dream journal to a random page, and write the dream down getting a general idea of where on the page I’m writing from my nightlight.
 

I check the glow of my alarm clock and it says it’s 4 AM.
 

I try to go back to sleep, laying in bed thinking about the dream. The interpretation comes to me. The small square is my blog. And, I haven’t been writing in it for a while. And, I am afraid to write in it because I’m afraid I may be writing the wrong thing. I decide I need to write in my blog in the morning to honor my dream. OK, time to go back to sleep.
 

It doesn’t happen. Now, it’s 4:30 AM. I have a rule. If I’ve been lying in bed awake for 30 minutes or more, it’s time to get up and do something. This doesn’t happen often, but I find it’s a helpful rule instead of laying there doing nothing.
 

So, I turn on the light, and guess what? The random page on which I chose to write this dream incubated to explain “Desmond Outside,” is exactly on the page where I already wrote, “Desmond Outside.” In fact, I’ve written last night’s dream exactly on top of the words, “Desmond Outside.”
 

Somehow, my unconscious knew how to find that page in the dark and also to write on top of the words to show me without a doubt, this is the interpretation of “Desmond Outside.” Although I don’t get the connection, that’s what I’ve done to honor my dream . . . I wrote in my blog . . . at 5 AM in the morning.

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Calendar Cover

This is the BIG DAY when I am going to do what I promised a number of posts ago.

At last, I’m going to insert a photograph into this blog. I promised that I’d show you the front cover of the “Divine in Nature: With Quotes from Edgar Cayce” 2008 Calendar that I designed and that contains my photographs.

“Divine in Nature:
With Quotes by
Edgar Cayce”
2008 Calendar
by Carol Chapman and
Clair Balsley
Cover-Front-Divine-4-Blog

To your success and happiness!

Carol

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Photographs of Fish Hawks

I’m all fired up about making calendars. This weekend, I went out to get photographs for next year’s calendar.

 The ospreys are nesting on markers along the river. We went out sailing in the morning.

Morning light is fantastic for taking pictures. It’s when the light is fresh, clean, and soft—not harsh like it is at mid-day. Overhead light on a sunny day also makes strong shadows that can detract from an otherwise fantastic picture. Many people don’t realize that overcast can give the best pictures because the light is more even.

I got some wonderful pictures of ospreys—fish hawks. They have the most amazing yellow eyes.  © 2007 Carol Chapman  

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Edgar Cayce and Nature

As part of the calendar, I need to write a bit of information on Edgar Cayce. It occurs to me that Edgar would have liked the idea of the calendar. Until he gave psychic readings full-time, he had a business as a professional photographer. Pictures would appeal to him.

Furthermore, the calendar is called, God in Nature. Cayce loved being in the out-of-doors. When he was a child, he had a special place in the woods where he would read his Bible. It was here that a luminous lady appeared and asked him what he wanted most. He said to help people, especially children.

As it turned out, his wish was granted. He gave over 14,000 trance readings, many of them helping people who were ill, or confused, or lonely, or wanted direction in their lives. Many of the readings were for children.

In a number of his readings for individuals, he says how being in nature can be so helpful to us.

© 2007 Carol Chapman

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Still working on the Calendar

I’ve been “on fire” about this calendar, working late into the night, feeling very grateful that I now know how to make tables and can design the calendar part of it. It’s shaping up beautifully. Had a prototype made at Kinko’s. I’ve put the full moon and the new moon for every month on it, and also the major holidays in both the US and Canada. 

As soon as I figure out how to insert a photograph into a blog, I’ll show you the cover, which is also the photo I used for the month of November. It’s a tree silhouetted against a sunrise and it’s lovely. Everyone who sees it oohs and aahs. © 2007 Carole Chapman 

 

 

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Photographic Fun

Today I’m having a lot of fun designing a calendar. Although I now spend most of my time writing and speaking in public, I still love photography. Even though I no longer work for NASA as the photojournalist in their Office of Public Affairs, I’m still taking pictures . . . probably always will. The world is such a beautiful place!
 

If you’ve looked at my speaker web site at http://www.carolechapman.com, you know that for some people, the favorite part of my seminars is my slide show. Many people have asked that my photographs be available.
 

Therefore, I’m extra happy because I can put some of my photos in this calendar. I’m also using quotations from the Edgar Cayce readings to make a “God in Nature” 2008 wall calendar. It’s going to be great!
 

I’ve got pictures of waterfalls, butterflies—even two butterflies in a courtship ritual!—a mountain, orchids, roses, and many more. What fun!
 

© 2007 Carole Chapman
 

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The Lion and the Lamb

     Yesterday in this blog, I mentioned my luncheon with a Richmond, Virginia friend. We also discussed a dream she had. Because I’ve been keeping a dream journal for years . . . and also, because I met my husband first in a dream . . . I am always very interested in people’s dreams.
     This one’s a good one. She said that she had two cats. She leaves a couple of bowls of cat food out on her deck for them. In her dream, a full-grown sheep came up on her deck and began eating the cat food.
     Since “the dream is about the dreamer” usually I asked her what she thought the dream was about. She replied that the first thing that came to her mind was Christ’s request “feed my sheep.”
     I agreed that if it had been my dream, I would have thought the same. Then, since the way you feel about your dream or the way you feel in your dream is important to its understanding, I asked her how she felt about it.
     She said that she felt it was pretty unusual since she lives in the country and is used to a possum or a raccoon coming up on the deck to eat cat food. She’s also seen deer in her yard. But never a sheep.
     This made me think for a little while. Then I said that I liked her dream because it showed me how something could be possible. The Bible says that there will come a time when the lion lays down with the lamb.
     I never saw how that could be possible since a lion would surely devour a lamb. That is, not until her dream. Now, I see that if the lion is a domestic cat and the lamb is a full-grown sheep, the lamb will have nothing to fear.
     Whether this is the correct interpretation of her dream or not, I like the idea of seeing the possibility of the lion laying down with the lamb.
Carol Chapman
© 2007 Carol Chapman
 

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Karma and Spiritual Muscle

Today I had lunch with a delightful lady I met when I spoke in Richmond, Virginia. The Cayce people in Richmond have a wonderful group that sponsors a speaker once a month on Saturday afternoon from 3 to 5 at the Bel Air Library. Afterwards, those who want to, go out for dinner with the speaker at a nearby restaurant. If you want more information about their events, contact someone at the Regional Outreach section of http://www.edgarcayce.org.
 

We got on the topic of Karma and the rough things that come up in people’s lives. I said that sometimes when a person is going through a tough time, they wonder what have I done wrong to deserve this? Other people, who may not have as many difficulties in this lifetime, may think they are somehow better than the person with the problems.
 

However, we both remembered that in Cayce’s psychic readings he said that everyone has had many lifetimes in which they “lost” or made wrong decisions, took the easy path, used people, etc. But, we don’t necessarily take on a lifetime of compensation immediately after that lifetime.
 

We may coast for a few lifetimes. We may, in fact, take a vacation from working on our soul’s purposes and take on an incarnation in which everything is simple and easy. Then, when we’re ready, we take on a lifetime of challenges to give us the opportunity to strengthen our spiritual mettle. Of course, we may not take the challenge and instead spend our opportunities in self-pity or anger and resentment.
 

I remembered something I’d read about Mother Theresa. Evidently, she had been touring a leper colony with a visitor. When the visitor saw the diseased bodies of the lepers, the visitor asked something like, “Why do they have to go through this? Why have we been let off so easily?”
 

Mother Theresa replied that the reason we didn’t have to endure such hardship was because we were not strong enough.
 

I like that.
 

Wishing you a wonderful day.
 

Carol Chapman
 

© 2007 Carol Chapman

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Your Own Personal Spiritual Life Coach

     When people discover that I first met my husband in a dream—he is literally the man of my dreams—they want to know, “How did you do that? Can I do it too?”

     When they read my first book, When We Were Gods, or attend one of my seminars, or hear me interviewed on talk radio, they ask, “Were you doing something special to make that happen?”

     Of course I was doing something special beforehand. I’ve been keeping a dream journal for years. And, I was doing a lot more than working with my dreams.

     I’ve been living a life of unfolding intimacy with my soul. For years, I have integrated short routines into my everyday life that let spirit know I want its guidance.

     People say to me, “Tell us what you do.”  So, in answer to their requests, I’ve been working on my next book, tentatively entitled, Your Own Personal Spiritual Life Coach. It describes the little things I do to help me understand my dreams, remember past lives, and know some things ahead of time.

 

 

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